I can hardly believe it is nearly time for me to take a five-week leave of Ames, Iowa and the parish and student center where I serve. Thanks to generous grants from the archdiocese and from an endowment set up in the parish for staff continuing formation, I will be starting spirituality studies at Creighton University this summer.
If all goes according to plan, I will complete a certificate in spiritual direction in early July 2016, then wrap up coursework for a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality the year after that. Or maybe two. We’ll see.
Obviously, I have to get through the 2014 summer session first.
The way this summer works is that I will be on retreat starting next Thursday and will remain out of the loop until June 7th or so. Classes start at 8am on Monday the 9th and continue to July 3rd.
What that means for the blog is that we might be on hiatus for about a week unless I can convince Liam or Charles or Fran to guest host here. The former has declined invitations to write regularly, and the latter is busy. Like none of us in church work is ever too busy …
I will return to blogging during the academic period. But you never know what changes and transitions might be in store for the person who leaps into the spiritual beyond, as I feel inclined to do these days.
I may well be blogging in 2024, but I would hesitate to guess what the content might be. Newsy bits about Pope Francis I or II. More church documents. Maybe the whole Bible. Maybe the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.
Anyway, I encourage you regular visitors to keep me in your prayers, and to visit some of the good Ignatian and Jesuit blogs out there.
And in the next week, regular blogging will continue.